Career Moves this week: 22 November 2017

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By CA Today

22 November 2017

Your weekly round-up of the CAs and other business professionals moving into new roles.

Blair Nimmo CA named Global Head of Insolvency for KPMG

KPMG International has appointed Blair Nimmo CA as Global Head of Insolvency.

He succeeds Richard Heis who retired from the firm earlier in the year. Blair joined KPMG in 1991, having previously trained with Cooper and Lybrand’s restructuring practice.

Leif Zierz, Global Head of Deal Advisory at KPMG, said: “In assuming this global role, Blair brings with him deep insolvency experience, having also recently worked on complex engagements including First Oil Expro, Tullis Russell and Scottish Coal. I know that our member firms around the world will benefit from Blair’s sharp market focus and unrivalled expertise.”

Blair added: “KPMG has long had a reputation for delivering innovative approaches to complex restructuring assignments, particularly those which cross international borders, so I am delighted to be taking on this new global role.”

ICAS Business Policy Panel Convenor Paul Hally CA re-elected chairman of Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

Paul is to serve a second consecutive term since 2014, and will work with chief executive Steven Gibb and his fellow partners to design the firm’s strategic direction for the next three years.

He originally joined Shepherd and Wedderburn in 1984, going on to become chief executive in 1999 until 2004, and is considered one of Scotland’s top corporate lawyers.

Paul’s 30 years of commercial experience includes, but is not limited to, advising leading companies in the financial services, banking, funds and energy sectors. He is also a reporter to the Court of Session on corporate transactions, such as the merger of Lloyds Banking Group and Bank of Scotland.

He said: “Stewardship of Shepherd and Wedderburn is a great privilege and honour. Ensuring that our clients and staff realise their plans and achieve their ambitions is fundamental to what we do. Our success has been achieved through the quality of the legal services provided by our people and the relationships of trust that we have built with our clients over many years.”

Ian Giffen CA FCPA FCA awarded Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario)

John (Ian) Giffen has been an ICAS member since 1982 and will now be welcomed at a presentation dinner and ceremony on 5 December in Toronto in recognition of his career achievements. The award recognises Ian’s professional excellence and integrity.

“Becoming a Fellow is the profession’s highest mark of distinction, but this is not just about awarding a prestigious designation.

"Each Fellow embodies the unique value proposition offered by professional accountants - navigating an ever-changing business environment while holding the designation’s high standards of professional excellence and integrity,” said Carol Wilding, FCPA, FCA, President and CEO of CPA Ontario.

“They are demonstrated leaders who have made significant contributions to their communities and advanced the profession. They truly reflect the immense diversity and range of skills required by today’s CPAs.”

Ian currently serves as lead director for Kinaxis Inc, as well as serving on the boards of Absolute Software, D2L, and PeopleFluent; building on his career as a public company CFO and numerous directorships and advisory positions for M&A, hostile takeovers, venture capital funds and the technology sector.

He also serves on the not for profit boards of CAMH and Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank.

Anderson Strathern appoints new finance director

Susanne Godfrey CA has been appointed as a new Group Finance Director at  Anderson Strathern.

Susanne, a member of the ICAS ethics board, joins Anderson Strathern from PwC, where she held the position of director in the deals team, advising corporates and chief financial officers across the UK.

Murray McCall, Managing Partner at Anderson Strathern said: “Susanne’s decision to join us is a reflection of the firm’s success in building a strong management resource. A high calibre industry expert like Susanne will be invaluable as we plan our next phase of growth.”

PwC appoints new Senior Advisor

Former National Cancer Director and Chief Hospital Director, Professor Sir Mike Richards, is to join PwC’s Health Industries tram as a Senior Advisor.

Mike has more than 20 years’ experience as a physician.

Quentin Cole, Health Industries Leader at PwC, said: “I am delighted that Sir Mike will be joining the firm’s team of health experts. He will be a significant addition, providing unparalleled insight and experience into the NHS which will undoubtedly expand our support to clients as well as our overall healthcare strategy.”


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